Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Whimsical Whiskers at The Grange

Hey, you may want to grab a cuppa. This is the longest post I've written.Phew, I think I've recovered from a hectic, wonderful weekend. A great time had by everyone that attended.

The Grange was lovely warm, cozy and had great food over the weekend.

The SFDAV held their convention at The Yarra Valley Grange in Warburton.
We had some lovely interstate teachers come along, they were Wendy Ness and Janet Klepatzki.

Oh dear, so many things to take, think about and organise, I forgot to pack one of the main raffle prizes. I quilted this panel about six months ago for us to raffle on the weekend. I was sooo excited about the convention finally being here I forgot to pack it in the car, Oooops. The lucky lady, Toni was one of the first tickets pulled out and she chose this quilt as her prize.

Hm, I think I need to ask Santa for a new Camera, all my pictures seem blurry!

Up bright and early on Saturday morning for my first workshop.
I painted the Baby Leopard with Robyn Sherer.

If you ever have a chance to paint with this very talented teacher, then don't hesitate. This was a multi media piece using Jo Sonja acrylic paints, pencils and then glazed over with Archival oil paints.

As my title reads the theme for the weekend was "Christmas in July". Here is everyone dressed up for the Saturday night party, games, dancing and fun. I'm the silly snowman front right of the photo.

Sunday morning was my turn to teach. This piece is called "Oriental Theme" I used Jo Sonja Artists Acrylics. Over the top we've used Iridescent paints and Pearl White, then each petal, flower, butterfly is outlined in Rich Gold.

A photo of the class nearly finished. Oh, excuse the light coming off my varnished piece.

Sunday afternoon I attended Effie Carayannis "Santa's Sleigh" workshop. This is an Oil Rouging technique on a ceramic plate using Archival oil paints. As you can see I haven't quite finished. I need to add paint to the baubles and some more shading.

Ok, Everyone that attended had such a great time, I've already been already been asked when is the next weekend. Soooo, I thought I will organise a weekend at the same place for around Spring time without workshops being organised. Just bring along any UFO's or other projects you would like to paint. Of course the cost would be cheaper and this weekend will be open to anyone. Drop me a line if your interested and I'll let you know the details. Email Anna

Ok, now on to some other news; I've been tagged with my first Lovely Blog Award from Shabby Raggy Roses. Actually its my second tag, but I was the new kid on the block then and didn't know what or how to use it.

So now I have to pass on this Lovely Blog Award onto another ten blogs.......................

Hm, this is a hard one. There are lots of lovely, talented, genorous ladies out there, but here goes

1 Shabby Art Boutique

2 Country Wishes

3 Gail & Tony Mc Cormack

4 Tozz's Corner

5 Jenny of Elefantz

6 Sew Useful Designs

7 Tuppence Crafts

8 Mon Cherry

9 Art by Serena Lewis

10 Artistic Acents by Darla

Here are the rules of this award:

*Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

*Pass the award onto 10 other blogs that you have newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Happy Painting, sewing or crafting until next time.




Sew Useful Designs said...

Wow Anna! What an amazing weekend you have had! Looks like such fun, and you make a really cute snowman! :-)

Love the paintings, all very inspiring. :-)

Thank you for the generous award sweetie! Hope you have a great week! I'm off to see Kerryanne this evening, it will be our second from last painting night. I will make the most of it while I can! Savour every moment, as I shall miss that lovely lady like crazy!
Vikki xoxo

I Purr-Furr to Craft said...

Lovely blog! I love Christmas in July and your Christmas tree quilt is a wonder!

Kerryanne English said...

Sounds like a fun and very successful weekend was had Anna. Don't you lool cute as a snowman.... [giggle].

Congrats on receiving the award and thanks for passing it my way too - that's so sweet of you.
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Anonymous said...

Hi There Anna,
I couldn't resist sending you a comment!!!
It was a fantastic weekend! Very Busy: laughed, relaxed, talked, painted, ate, learned, was inspired, met new wonderful people, chatted with a few familiar faces and have not stopped talking about the weekend! Thank you for assisting with organising etc. U can definitley pup 5 stars down for organisation and fun...THANK YOU... Loved reading your blog too.! Cheers for now,
Heather K 65

Country Wishes said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time! Love the sleigh !!
Thanks so much for my award too.


Ruth Welter said...

Hello Anna, sorry I could not visit sooner, being on vacation seems to have disconnected me from blogland for a bit.

Boy does it look like you have been a busy lady. I simply love your leopard painting, you have captured his sweet face beautifully.


moncherry said...

Hi Anna,
I love your baby leopard painting and not to forget the Christmas quilt.
And Christmas in July, great theme. I mis the jolly season and can't wrap my head around winter in July!
Anyway, thank you so much for my award!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Hi Anna!
LOVE the baby leopard!! So adorable! Looks like such a fun weekend! I wish I had access to more things like this, but for now I try to just take in as many online courses as I can. Nothing compares though to actually painting with fellow artists and learning from others in person♥

Thanks you SO MUCH for the lovely blog award!! That's so nice and sweet of you! I'm honored!

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu reading your blog

Tuppence Crafts said...

Hi Anna, What a suprise when seeing my my blog as getting an award. I have never had one before. Thankyou sooo much. I am thrilled!! Sounds like you had a really great time up at Warby...and I love your baby leapard painting..I think I might take up painting also..I will have to talk to Marcia about this.Thanks again Anna.

Gail McCormack said...

Hi Anna
First of all thanks so much for the blog award - lovely of you to think of me!

Secondly - I loved reading this post - what a fantastic weekend you had and look what you produced - WOW in a weekend, with lots of enjoyment and giggling too! sounds good to me


Serena said...

what a great weekend you had in such a beautiful setting! judging from the pic, all your students were very pleased with their pieces. you did a great job on the baby leopard too...well done ~ :)

thanks so much for the blog award!

*Myrarte* said...

Hi Anna!
LOVE the baby leopard!! So adorable!..As for your question .. I do paint always to the oil.

Tozz said...

Hi Anna, I too loved reading about your fabulous weekend and it made me remember the fabulous weekends I used to go to with a group of ladies in WA. They are such fun times to have and I miss them! I love your leopard, you are so clever!! I have finally come in to thank you for my award and congrats on getting yours. Thank you :) Now I am off to send an award out too. *hugs* :)

i cant sew said...

oh anna that leopard is amazing!!! as well as the rest..
no wonder you are already planning another trip.
enjoy what is left of your weekend
%*_*% rosey

Mary said...

Hi Anna, your leopard is beautiful! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Mary

The Pink Poodle said...

OHHH anna...what a totally totally awesome weekend you must have had..

I TOTALLY envy all you lovely crafty ladies...to be able to paint & sew..WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

clever little girl you are...

thanks for comments on my blog..

xx andrea

clare's craftroom said...

Wow what a full weekend . It looks like a lot of fun was`had .

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Anna! Wow! Looks like a fabulous weekend was had by all and just look at all those pretties you gals painted - well done! Your kitty is especially cute! :0) Oh ... and you make a lovely snow ... person!! Have to be PC, after all! Tee! Hee! Hee! Bet your creative batteries are recharged after such fun and I'll look forward to seeing the results! Bear Hugs! KRIS

Judi said...

Hi there
I had to come and have another look. You paint so beautifully. How long have you been painting and how many types of lessons have you taken to learn to do such a beautiful job?
It looks like everyone had so much fun.
thank you for sharing

Jenny of Elefantz said...

You are SO kind!!! Thank you for choosing me for an award...I am so humbled. Hopefully next week I will have some time to think about 10 blogs I can pass this along to. Bless your sweet and generous heart!!